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 Post subject: Bedlington Report
PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:45 pm 

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Last two games; both 5.0, For 10, Against 0. Billingham Town supporters are getting spoilt! Bedlington came into the game the form team but so did Town and after this rout, only the Durham defeat (unluckily) has proven to be a low point in an otherwise superb eleven match run. After a cagey first half where patience was the key, Town blitzed the Terriers with a five goal salvo that destroyed the morale and resistance of a side that turned up with the pretence of leaving Bedford Terrace with a point. To be fair to Bedlington, they stuck to the game plan rather well for over sixty minutes but a clinical eight minute hat-trick from Craig Hutchinson combined with Chris Locke's inability to handle our talisman curtailed any hope of achieving that aim. Hutchinson has now scored fifteen goals this campaign and most observers will agree he could and should be past the twenty barrier mark. Manager Barry Oliver stated after the the 2.0 win at Willington back in August that he expected Hutchy to bag over thirty goals by the end of April. At the time I thought that figure was somewhat optimistic but in this vein of form, anything is possible. Craig deservedly got the attention off the supporters but the player who put in a mature performance and caught many an eye belonged to a player who has had to bide his time. Elliott Beddow's long term future will probably be as a centre forward but for now he has grasped the chance that has presented itself out on the right wing. And defenders will be terrified of his electric pace going forward but it was his ability to track back and tackle that earned him the plaudits. With Luke Hogan on the left and Beddow on right, Town's squad is blessed with pace and yet somehow, Connor Dunlavey must fit into the equation. Oliver has never had the luxury of such difficult decisions before but that tells it's own story of how far Billingham Town have progressed during the last six months!

The first half never got going with the away side determined to stifle Town. Locke was fortunate not to concede a penalty under the new law when clearly holding Hutchinson during a corner kick. Town's best chances were a Jamie Davis flicked header that went wide and Hutchinson striking the side netting despite having his heels clipped. Terriers resorted to long balls which left Jack Foalle and Lee Scott feeding on scraps.

HT Billingham Town 0 Bedlington Terriers 0

The start of the second half became a niggly affair and Oliver decided to replace Clayton MacDonald for his own protection and on came Ashley Lavan. Locke finally went into Dave McCarrick's notebook for a cynical foul on Hutchinson. Moments later Town took the lead on sixty three minutes. Marc Dixon's searching ball was headed on by Chris Dickinson and HUTCHINSON fired home with his right foot. And it came as no surprise when Locke received his marching orders for grappling Hutchinson inside the penalty box. Infact Locke fouled Hutchinson on three separate occasions but referee McCarrick blew his whistle for the third challenge. Up stepped HUTCHINSON to send Jak Wells the wrong way. Then HUTCHINSON completed an eight minute hat-trick after escaping a possible offside with a sweet dinked shot over the onrushing Wells. The floodgates opened for goals four and five. Beddow skipped past Luke Watson and squared the ball for the onrushing HOGAN who volleyed home from six yards. Even MARK DIXON got on the score sheet after Lee Moore miskicked in the box to send the Town supporters wild with excitement! At the end of the game... A voice in the background said "Just like the good old days!"..... And long may it continue!!

FT Billingham Town 5 Bedlington Terriers 0

Graham Hutchinson
Press Officer



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